delete-expression: ::opt delete cast-expression ::opt delete [ ] cast-expression
The first alternative is for non-array objects, and the second is for arrays. Whenever the delete keyword is immediately followed by empty square brackets, it shall be interpreted as the second alternative.77 The operand shall have a pointer to object type, or a class type having a single non-explicit conversion function ([class.conv.fct]) to a pointer to object type. The result has type void.78
If the operand has a class type, the operand is converted to a pointer type by calling the above-mentioned conversion function, and the converted operand is used in place of the original operand for the remainder of this section. In the first alternative (delete object), the value of the operand of delete may be a null pointer value, a pointer to a non-array object created by a previous new-expression, or a pointer to a subobject ([intro.object]) representing a base class of such an object (Clause [class.derived]). If not, the behavior is undefined. In the second alternative (delete array), the value of the operand of delete may be a null pointer value or a pointer value that resulted from a previous array new-expression.79 If not, the behavior is undefined. [ Note: this means that the syntax of the delete-expression must match the type of the object allocated by new, not the syntax of the new-expression. — end note ] [ Note: a pointer to a const type can be the operand of a delete-expression; it is not necessary to cast away the constness ([expr.const.cast]) of the pointer expression before it is used as the operand of the delete-expression. — end note ]
In the first alternative (delete object), if the static type of the object to be deleted is different from its dynamic type, the static type shall be a base class of the dynamic type of the object to be deleted and the static type shall have a virtual destructor or the behavior is undefined. In the second alternative (delete array) if the dynamic type of the object to be deleted differs from its static type, the behavior is undefined.
If the value of the operand of the delete-expression is not a null pointer value, the delete-expression will invoke the destructor (if any) for the object or the elements of the array being deleted. In the case of an array, the elements will be destroyed in order of decreasing address (that is, in reverse order of the completion of their constructor; see [class.base.init]).
If the value of the operand of the delete-expression is not a null pointer value, the delete-expression will call a deallocation function ([basic.stc.dynamic.deallocation]). Otherwise, it is unspecified whether the deallocation function will be called. [ Note: The deallocation function is called regardless of whether the destructor for the object or some element of the array throws an exception. — end note ]
[ Note: An implementation provides default definitions of the global deallocation functions operator delete() for non-arrays ([new.delete.single]) and operator delete() for arrays ([new.delete.array]). A C++ program can provide alternative definitions of these functions ([replacement.functions]), and/or class-specific versions ([class.free]). — end note ]
When the keyword delete in a delete-expression is preceded by the unary :: operator, the global deallocation function is used to deallocate the storage.
A lambda expression with a lambda-introducer that consists of empty square brackets can follow the delete keyword if the lambda expression is enclosed in parentheses.
This implies that an object cannot be deleted using a pointer of type void* because void is not an object type.